who is thatmom?

who is thatmom?

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions do not fail. They are new every morning. Lord, great is your faithfulness.” ~ Lamentations 3:22-23

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am Karen Campbell and I have been married to my husband, Clay, for 41 years. We have six children, whom we have homeschooled, and 15 grandchildren, some of whom are, to my delight, already being homeschooled!  We live in the Midwest and are part of a church family where the one anothers of Scripture are practiced and grace is taught both in word and in deed.

When I was a young stay-at-home mom with three preschoolers, we lived in an old farmhouse out in the country. Since we had only one car, which my husband drove to work, I often had days when I longed for a conversation and a nice cup of hot tea with someone over 4 feet tall! Don’t get me wrong, those days were glorious and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a mom and all that comes with it. But at that time, I had no real Titus 2 woman who came alongside me and helped me keep the vision for being a wife and mother.

One day, I came across a book where the author lamented the fact that so many older women with grown children are involved in their own lives and have little time for younger women. Rather than dwelling on that truth, she encouraged each of us who read her book to become an older woman for someone else. That one thought gave me a vision for just such a ministry as thatmom.

I also know that, often, those who do step forward to encourage moms end up being a tremendous discouragement to them because they approach exhortation with a list of rules and regulations, formulas that are man-made rather than God-inspired. I hold to the truth that God’s word, the Bible, rather than the agendas of man, is our standard for life and practice.

My goal for this nook and cranny of cyberspace is to become that older woman for anyone who might need one, especially if you are a homeschooling mother or are considering home education for your children. I also hope to encourage other older moms to reach out and exhort those younger women who are raising children for God’s glory. I welcome comments and suggestions as well as questions and I enjoy introducing you to my various podcast guests who long to be an encouragement to you as well!

I am the author of the book  The Joy of Relationship Homeschooling ~ when the one anothers come home which is currently available on Amazon.com and is also sold in the amazing Rainbow Resource catalog.

My articles have been published in Searching Together, Midwest Christian Outreach Journal, Breakpoint, Crosswalk, Home Educating Family, Dear Magazine, and Home Educating Family’s blog.

You might also find me sharing about relationship homeschooling at a local homeschool event, including conventions and mom’s retreats, and I also share a pro-life message at Sanctity of Human Life Sunday and pro-life events. If you are interested in inquiring about the possibility of having me speak at your event, contact me at shesthatmom@gmail.com.

Again, welcome, and may the Lord richly bless you as you stop by and have virtual tea and chocolate with….thatmom!

As far as a doctrinal statement is concerned, I am a Baptist who holds to the Doctrines of Grace and I am in complete agreement with the Apostle’s Creed.  For a basic overview of my philosophy of homeschooling,  be sure to read my article called The Basic Tenets of Relationship Homeschooling.

Clay and me on our wedding day, 1975!

We are celebrating 42 years of being deliriously in love! God has been so good to us.


This was taken at Ben and Julie’s wedding in June, 2010. We have joyously added 5 new grandbabies since this picture was taken!


Just for fun, here is my response when I was tagged and asked to share 7 questions about me:

1. Clay and I met during a college class on the Puritan and Transcendentalist writers. (I found out later that he registered for the class after finding out that I would be taking it!) The professor, Dr. Ryder, was also the pastor who married us and who officiated at our vow renewal ceremony on our 25th wedding anniversary. He still comes to see us once or twice a year and loves to tell the story that Clay had no black socks when he was getting ready for the wedding. So they rummaged around in the back of the closet in my dead grandfather’s bedroom until they found an old, worn pair. Creepy but true.

2. My favorite color is red. Not only do I wear a lot of red, but most of our vehicles have been red, including both of the current ones. My living room is painted red, my Kitchen-Aid mixer is red, and sometimes my hair is even red!

3. I don’t read much fiction but I love to read non-fiction, especially books on history and biographies. My favorite series of children’s books is the Little House series and I read them for the first time when I was pregnant with my first child. We still read The Long Winter as a lunch time read-aloud every January and my grown boys at home still enjoy it.

4. We lived for 3 1/2 years in southern Germany when Clay was in the army. Our two oldest sons were born in Bad Tolz. We had frequent visitors from the States and I became quite good at giving my own personal tour of Bavaria and Salzburg, Austria.

5. Had I not chosen to be a wife, mommy, and homeschooling mom, I might have become a professional bread chef, an interior decorator, a high school teacher, a journalist, a Biblical counselor, a story teller, an anthropologist, or a motivational speaker. I still haven’t decided which path I will choose once this one is completed. Traveling grandmother is high in the running.

6. Besides the Bible, the writings that have most influenced my spiritual life are those by Francis Schaeffer. My favorite books on relating to each other as family members and Christians are Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel,  Children Are Wet Cement by Anne Ortlund, Heartfelt Discipline by Clay Clarkson, and Families Where Grace is in Place by Jeff Van Vonderan.

7. Things I enjoy include: chocolate, Mexican food with lots of cilantro, tulips, zinnias, finding treasures in trash, watching Clay build even more bookshelves (hey, Thomas Jefferson owned 7000 books and I am more than half way there!) Toastmasters, encouraging moms, listening to Motown, Mozart, movie soundtracks, some White Stripes videos, cheesy romantic movies and history documentaries, my cat, baking, and sewing when the machine works properly. Things I dislike but must do anyway are cleaning up vomit, scrubbing the bathroom, balancing the checkbook and exercising.

To contact me, drop me a note at shesthatmom@gmail.com

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